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When should you get medical help for a wound?

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Get medical help right away if:

  • The wound is on a child under a year old
  • Bleeding doesn’t stop with gentle pressure
  • The wound has jagged edges
  • The cut is deep, gaping, or across a joint
  • The wound was caused by a dirty object or was the result of a projectile or something impaling the skin
  • The wound was caused by a human or animal bite
  • The wound happened on the face or genital area

From: How Should I Clean a Wound? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Intermountain Healthcare: “Chronic Wounds.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cuts and Scrapes: First Aid,” “Burns: First Aid.”

Familydoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Skin Injury.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Intermountain Healthcare: “Chronic Wounds.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cuts and Scrapes: First Aid,” “Burns: First Aid.”

Familydoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Skin Injury.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

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